German carrier Air Berlin is in negotiations with Air France-KLM over a codeshare deal that could be signed in the next few months.
According to Reuters, Air Berlin’s chief executive Wolfgang Prock-Schauer told journalists yesterday that a deal with Air France is close.
“There are talks. Now we have to see what the outcome is,” he said. “I could certainly imagine that we agree a partnership.”
It’s been reported the code-sharing agreement, which allow carriers to sell tickets for each others' flights, could be signed in the summer.
The two airlines are part of two different airline alliances as Air France is part of SkyTeam and Air Berlin belongs to rival OneWorld Alliance.
However, Prock-Schauer doesn’t believe this is significant and said alliances had “crossed their peak”. “There is a lot of cross-alliance cooperation going on," he said.
Last month Air Berlin announced it has extended its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways to include flights to India.
Daily connections are now available via Abu Dhabi to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai and New Delhi.
The German carrier also said it’s planning to include Perth and Seoul as destinations in its codeshare network with Etihad.